Anti-Inflammatory Thanksgiving

Why should an anti-inflammatory Thanksgiving be on your radar? An anti-inflammatory diet is an important part of reducing chronic inflammation. While short periods of inflammation can actually be good for helping your body heal, constant inflammation can lead to several major diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and joint pain. And while this time of year it is easy to indulge, there are also easy ways to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your Thanksgiving menu. You’ll want to focus on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, which contain antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to reduce inflammation. Avoid fried foods, red meat, processed meat, processed baked goods, refined carbohydrates and sugar.

Here are some suggestions of anti-inflammatory dishes to replace traditional Thanksgiving foods that could lead to inflammation:


  • Fresh cranberry relish
  • Steamed, sautéed or roasted green beans
  • Roasted red skin potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Cauliflower stuffing
  • Pumpkin pudding (to avoid the white flour and butter crust of pie)
  • Salads with dark greens and vinaigrette dressings
  • Fruit infused waters
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Canned cranberry sauce loaded with sugar
  • Green bean casserole
  • White mashed potatoes with cream and butter
  • Stuffing made with white bread and sausage/bacon
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Salads made with iceberg lettuce and cream-based dressing
  • Sweetened, high calorie beverages
  • Chips

The main pillar of what FX Spine & Performance can do for you are Medical Consultations using a holistic approach, looking at every aspect of you as a person, including nutrition, sleep habits, stress, function, as well as your medical issues and pain issues. Focusing on an anti-inflammatory Thanksgiving meal this year is just one way to minimize your risk of a variety of health problems, including chronic pain. Call FX Spine & Performance Center today to schedule your consultation and discuss with Dr. Nicholas DeAngelo options on reducing your chronic pain: (706) 842-6800

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